By Geena Martinez
ANDREWS - These men and women put their lives on the line every time they do their job, especially in the last month. We're talking about firefighters and on Saturday, the city of Andrews came out to honor their hometown heroes.
With so many fires across the state and some of those igniting very close to home, the Andrews Chamber of Commerce wanted to give back to the men and women who have done so much for their city.
"Andrews has had almost 200,000 acres burn since the fire season this year and our firefighters have just been working tirelessly and we wanted to do something just to recognize them," Julia Wallace, Executive Director of the Chamber, said.
Residents came out in full force to the Feed Your Firemen cookout fundraiser. Each hamburger plate brought in five bucks unless people wanted to donate more.
And what better way to give back than with the entire community behind them.
"The Knights of Columbus bought a lot of the burgers, Porter's Thiftway donated 1,000 patties," Wallace said. "We've had a lot of businesses in town that have brought money and donated money."
There was also a silent auction to raise more money with goodies ranging from a pair of Oakley sunglasses to a laptop computer.
One couple who's lived in Andrews for more than 60 years said they've never seen a fire season like this before.
"This is the worst spring that we've had," Andrews Resident, Vida Scott, said. "We're just very thankful we have them and we appreciate all the hard work they do."
"It's a pleasure for me to come and support them in this manner," Forrest Scott, Vida's husband, said.
But it's the department's name that has so many people wanting to saying thanks.
"It is just what it says, volunteer," Wallace said. "Those guys do not get paid. This takes time away from their families and from other activities and we just appreciate them so much so this is our opportunity to honor them and let know how much we appreciate them."
And many others agreed.
"Our men are some of the best in the nation so this is the least I can do to come out and support them," Resident, Tom Hogan said.
"Good job guys, stay with us," another resident, Gill Warren said.
All proceeds from the even will go to directly to the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.